Jones-Harrison News

Covid-19 Testing and Improvements Update

August 28, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Today, I would like to update you on some exciting organizational changes. Covid-19 has brought many challenges for all of us, but through adversity we can find opportunities to improve and better meet the needs of our residents and families.  Many nursing homes and assisted livings across the country and state have seen a reduction in occupancy due to the virus and out of concern for moving into a facility with living and visiting restrictions.  Jones-Harrison is experiencing this in our assisted living as well as the nursing home but we are using this as an opportunity to look at our services, the layout of the building, and how to meet then needs of the community.

We are excited to inform our families that we are making some adjustments to our third-floor area.  We are going to be expanding our Transitional Care Unit from 14 beds to 28.  Jones-Harrison is adding more private rooms with beautiful views of Cedar Lake, along with adding new therapy space overlooking the Lake.  Private rooms are what families and customers are asking for in the Covid-19 era and we are happy to accommodate. The existing memory care on second floor in the nursing home will stay the same for the time being.  Currently, the Hilltop neighborhood is empty as we are keeping it ready as an isolation unit if the need arises.

Secondly, our former Transitional Care Unit on first floor by the Centrum will be converting to Memory Care under our Assisted Living license.  This area will provide 9 private apartments with secure access and their own private courtyard.  The smaller size will allow us to create personalized care and appropriate activities for residents who will reside there.  We are hoping this will be ready this fall and will update you on our progress.

Residents are being tested as needed based on potential for exposure and if there are symptoms. We continue to test all staff weekly.  There are currently no positive cases in the assisted living or care center. However, we did have two staff test positive with no symptoms last week.  When a staff person tests positive, they are required to stay home for at least 14 days.

You have probably been reading articles in the news about testing and the test machines coming from the Federal government.  Jones-Harrison did receive our machine on Thursday!  We are in the process of learning how to use it, setting up policies, and then we will begin to use it.  This machine will primarily be used for symptomatic residents or staff as the machine can provide results in 15 minutes!  We will continue to do our large-scale testing for staff and residents with local labs Mayo and Pathway.

Our staff are excited for these upcoming changes, as they know the great care they provide will make Jones-Harrison the top place to go for seniors and their families!  Your support as we move forward also helps make what we do a great success!  Thank you for donations, cards and emails of support, and referring friends and family to us if they are looking for senior living!

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO